Teaching children how to be safe in and around the water is not a luxury; it is a necessity, especially in Florida.
According to the Florida Department of Health, our state loses more children under age five each year to drowning than any other state. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water (SAW) program helps children learn essential water safety skills and how to save themselves in case of an accidental fall into the water. Thanks to generous donations and grants, this program is free.
- $300,000 annually
- $2,400 to sponsor a classroom
- $600 to sponsor 10 children
- $60 to sponsor one child
Our goal is to teach 20,000 children how to swim over the next three years. With your help, each sponsored child will receive eight 30-minute sessions.